Flames only made one deal. They got Freddy Modin from the Thrashers in exchange for a seventh round pick. Let’s be honest, Modin is not going to stop any presses – he’s 35, doesn’t play much, and caps out at a whopping $800,000. This is no longer the 30-goal scorer he was with the Lightning back in 2004. Don’t get excited.
Speaking of not getting excited, Calgary did get defenceman Brett Carson off of waivers from the Carolina Hurricanes. Who – you ask? Well apparently it’s a guy who has spent parts of the last three seasons split between the NHL and the AHL. Maybe you remember the name from Hitmen fame some five years ago. He’s only played 13 games this year, but is an impressive +7. A depth guy, who will play when two of the regular defencemen are hurt. The upside is also that at 26 he brings some experience to Abbotsford.
I guess it’s not surprising that the Flames did little this deadline day. You can’t get draft picks unless you want to give up someone decent. And you can’t give up someone decent and make a legitimate run at the playoffs.
And thus ends Trade Deadline Day 2011, now we can focus on trying to make the playoffs.